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Fearless Independent Cinema - 2018 Hirshon Artist in Residence Sean Baker, director of "The Florida Project" and "Tangerine"

Thursday, March 29, 2018 at 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Theresa Lang Community and Student Center, Arnhold Hall 55 West 13th Street, Room I-202, New York, NY 10011

Hirshon Director in Residence Sean Baker will present his latest films and discuss his work.

There are independent filmmakers. And then there are independent independent filmmakers — the ones who live in thrall to their muse, with a spirit that might be called defiance. Or maybe fearlessness. Sean Baker is one of those directors. In movies like “Tangerine,” “Starlet” and his new and transporting “The Florida Project,” he tells close-to-the-bone tales of scavengers and outcasts, the desperate and the lost, and his filmmaking has a renegade glow: He takes you so close to his characters that it’s as if you’re eavesdropping. To heighten the intimacy, he shot “Tangerine,” his 2015 drama about transgender street hookers in West Hollywood, entirely on an iPhone. The result was raw, real, revolutionary (not to mention weirdly beautiful).

Owen Gleiberman, Variety, October 4, 2017

It isn’t easy to be an American independent filmmaker, and these days, many directors only dwell in that space until they earn a come-up from Marvel or HBO. Someone like Sean Baker is unusual, then, not just because he makes the films that few other directors are interested in making — low-budget stories like The Florida Project and Tangerine, which follow people on the margins of society — but because he commits to that independent career, and the sacrifices necessary to maintain it, in a way that few directors with his mounting acclaim do.

Kyle Buchanan, The Vulture, November 2, 2017

The Dorothy Hirshon Artist-in-Residence program was established by the late New School trustee Dorothy Hirshon, to honor and promote excellence and education of the filmmaking arts at The New School. In addition to the public screening and talk, Sean Baker will also hold master classes for New School students.

This event is free, but reservations are recommended by clicking on the top right register button.

Hosted by Vladan Nikolic, Dean, School of Media Studies. Sponsored by The School of Media Studies

Event Type

Film and Media Screenings


General Public


Media and Technology


Schools of Public Engagement, School of Media Studies


Film, Storytelling and Communication


Free; reservations are required at the top right button

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